Friday, April 18, 2008


Everyday on my way to work I walk past this sign and it puts a smile on my face.
I'm sure if you look closely at the women in the 'after' photo, you will laugh too.

Sign near the high school on my walk to work

Meanwhile, there are some things that I am reading about in the neighbouring country that make me sad.

"Despite increasing concerns of violence in Zimbabwe, South African officials have said they can do nothing to prevent a Chinese shipment of arms from being delivered to the land-locked country."

Oh ya, and here is a photo of the highway through the copperbelt, its a proper highway with 2 lanes going each way. With the price of copper so high right now, it is a high priority to have these roads in good shape.

Highway in the Copperbelt region of Zambia

Image of the open pit copper mine

Copper is Zambia's main export and it was privatized about 6 years ago at the same time the prices started climbing. I have heard that you still have to import copper from South Africa if you want anything other than copper wire, which they do manufacture here.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your first bee sting there was not too bad...remember mine at the Ferry (Upper Arrow Lake near Kaslo)? I guess you may as well get the first sting over with eh?! Good thing you're not allergic!

Nice pictures!


Mark Hemsworth said...

it hurt just a little...but no worries.

Good luck with finishing up school.

Anonymous said...

Mhoroi (Hello in Shona) Mark!

Atkins and I have enjoyed reading about your time in Zambia so far! Lusaka reminds me of downtown Harare, I miss seeing those unique trees. I am so glad to tell you that the ship has left SA, as a judge has ordered it to leave, the workers wouldn’t unload the ‘supplies’ either, I am soo relieved-for now anyway.

I’m glad that your bee sting wasn’t too bad, I was stung on my leg by a ‘Queen’ in Jasper and it swelled up for days…ahh

It’s funny how they call you a Muzungu, in Zim all the kids would yell and point Murungoo, when I would walk through Atkins neighbourhood! It took some time for all the kids to get use to having a ‘foreigner’ on their street. I would love how they would run over, touch my hand, and then run away (usually crying)! By the time I left a few months later I think there were 50 or 60 kids playing BINGO everyday, it was crazy!

They have (or had, by now!) a KFC in Harare, which I was quite surprised to see. I am glad that you went to Vic Falls! Isn’t it incredible?? We took a ‘Chicken Bus’ from Masvingo to Bulawayo and then to Vic Falls. (I remember standing for approximately 6-7 hours because we gave up our seat for a women with a baby on her back, a bag of maize on her head, carrying a bag on her shoulder and watching her other child at the same time-absolutely unbelievable!) There were only a few people there when we went, as the tourism industry has declined drastically because of the situation in Zim. I loved going down all the different paths to get the different viewpoints. I remember the last path you could see the Zambezi River and the bridge to cross over to Zambia. I didn’t go bungee jumping or water rafting after I found our there were crocs in the River! I’ll stick with the Kicking-Horse in Banff! : )

It’s sad that you have had to go to a funeral already, since you will be there for a year I am sure it won’t be your only one, unfortunately. When I was volunteering at Makumbi Children’s Home, a little boy named Pinashe that I got to know quite well developed the chicken pox. A girl I was volunteering with from Germany told me he died two weeks after I left. It was heartbreaking. I could tell he was malnourished so I am sure his little body couldn’t handle the virus.

Anyway, have you tried the roasted maize (corn) yet?? Many were roasting it on the street at night in Glenview (where Atkins lives). I think they may do the same there. It was the best corn that I have ever tasted. How do you like Nshima? In Zim, it is called Sadza, it was a little bit bland for me so I would normally eat rice most days.

Well, we’re looking forward to hearing more about the honey-projects!

Take Care,

Sarah and Atkins